Mainland Exchange Programme for Student Leaders

Jason Kwok 5A04

I am very glad that my school has selected me to join this exchange program.  It is my honor to represent my school.  I have learnt a lot from this trip and it is very meaningful.

This exchange program was organized by the Education Bureau.  It gave me an experience to communicate with students in China.  The theme of this program was the technological development in China. Therefore, I had chances to visit different universities, schools and museums.  I found that China is really a strong country with advanced technology.  I am very proud of being a Chinese.

On the first day, I visited the Bird’s Nest (Beijing National Stadium) and the Water Cube (Beijing National Aquatics Center) after arriving in Beijing.  They were the main stadiums for the 2008 Summer Olympics.  Besides, they will be used again in the 2022 Winter Olympics.  I was amazed by these two stadiums since they were so large and beautiful.

On the second day, I went to the Beihang University (Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics).  Firstly, I listened to a talk introducing the aeronautical and astronautics development in China.  Then I had an opportunity to see some machines and robots designed by the students and discuss with them.  The students in Beihang University are the top students from different provinces and they are very hardworking and knowledgeable.

In addition, I visited the Beijing 101 Middle School.  It is a coeducational public middle school for both boarding and day students from Grades 7 to 12 (ages 12 to 18).  The students studying there are mainly the children of civil servants.  They are also the top students in Beijing.

Besides, I visited different museums in Beijing such as the China Science and Technology Museum, Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall and China Railway Museum.  These museums let me know more about the history, present and future development of China.  These museums are equipped with advanced equipment and gadgets which provide interactive games or extra information.  All these made the visits much more interesting.

Finally, I visited the factory of Tianpu Group.  It is an enterprise which produces solar panels.  I have known more about solar power and how solar panels are produced.  I think that solar power is a good source of green energy which is suitable in Hong Kong.  The Hong Kong government should further promote the use of solar energy so that we can use less non-renewable energy.

I have learnt a lot from this trip.  It is very meaningful and worthwhile to attend this exchange program.  It has broadened my horizons and let me know more about modern China.

Valerie Tang 5A12

It has been a month since I returned from the Beijing Leadership Study Tour but it feels like it just happened yesterday.  Others may consider the study tour to Beijing as nothing unusual, however, for me it is my most memorable experience and I am tremendously proud of being Chinese.

Before we set off to the Great Walled City, I was worried about the situation I was going to face.  About ten years ago, I had the most awful experience in Beijing and I swore that I would never return because I had been knocked down by a biker when I was on a visit with my family.

However, as the saying goes, “the future is unwritten, change is inevitable".  So I put the past behind me and decided to visit the capital again to see if there was any improvement since my last visit.  During the five day trip, I visited museums and tourist hotspots.  I was enthralled by the city’s infrastructure.  The streets were clean with lots of modern buildings gracing the skyline.  Although the city was covered in smog, the prosperity of the city was apparent.  Amazing boulevards, broad avenues, numerous highways and breath-taking constructions were all around me.  There are some people who criticise traditional culture as being old fashioned, but I can tell you that if you are willing to look into it you will appreciate and admire it.  I am totally enamoured by the long established culture.  No more is China a third world country.  It has made great strides in economic development and is already a world power with its ancient civilization to back it.

From now on, I think it is indispensable for me to appreciate and value my culture; and be proud of my nationality.